With closer Wade Davis departing for Colorado last winter, the Chicago Cubs went a more unconventional route to find his replacement. In this short part of the season, the moves are certainly paying dividends.
So far in ten appearances, Morrow is a perfect six-for-six in save opportunities. He has pitched nine innings, given up six hits, walked three, and struck out nine. Yet to give up a run, Morrow’s FIP is just 2.55 and a BABIP of .286. Morrow has answered any questions about his ability to close.
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Finding his stride
Last season he found something with the Dodgers. He was the primary setup man to Kenley Jansen. Last season he posted a 1.55 FIP with a 29.4 K%. With the Cubs, his K% is 22.6, not incredibly far off.
The walk rate may be something to watch out for…with the Dodgers, his BB% was just 5.3, while with the Cubs his BB% is 9.7. A small sample size of just April can inflate numbers a little, but something to keep an eye on.
Morrow’s career has been a roller coaster. Drafted by the Mariners as the fifth overall pick, he has battled injuries off and on during his time in the Majors.
Pitching as a starter for the Mariners, Blue Jays, and just a short time with the Padres, the Padres are the ones who decided to turn him into a reliever. Since becoming a reliever, Morrow has never had an ERA higher than 1.69.
The Dodgers trusted Morrow so much that they pitched him in every single game of the World Series last season against the Houston Astros. By this time, he was worn out and had an 8.44 ERA in the World Series. However, against the Cubs in the LCS, Morrow had four scoreless outings when the Dodgers completely dominated the Cubs. Hey, if you can’t beat ’em, sign ’em. That’s how that saying goes, isn’t it?